Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain in Military Personnel Training via Second Life, 19-20 May 2021 - Registration Not Yet Open

Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain in Military Personnel Training via Second Life, 19-20 May 2021 - Registration Not Yet Open

Registration is Closed.

Meet The Team

Diana Dolan, Ph.D., CBSM
Diana Dolan

Military Behavioral Health Psychologist

Sharon Birman, Psy.D.
Sharon Birman

Military Behavioral Health Psychologist

Event Details

  • Cost:
    CE Credits:
    Date and Time:
    2021-05-19 11:00 to 2021-05-20 17:30 (EST)
    Course type:
    Second Life
    Registration deadline:
    Address: Online via Second Life,
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Course information

Registration for this event has not yet begun. We anticipate registration opening in late February.

If you would like to be notified of other upcoming events, please join our monthly email list by completing the form hereIf you have any other questions, please email Mr. Chris Adams (christopher.adams.ctr@usuhs.edu) or Mr. Aric Bowie (aric.bowie.ctr@usuhs.edu).

The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) is offering a two-day evidence-based workshop entitled "Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain In Military Personnel" on 19-20 May 2021, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern via Second Life. Registration for the course is $45 and comes with 14 continuing education credits. (Please note the refund and Continuing Education policies at the bottom of the page.) Space in this event is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached, even if this is before the final registration deadline. 

Participants will need to have an account in Second Life and install the Second Life viewer on their computer in order to take part. Those who don't have a Second Life account can create one and download the Second Life viewer here: http://secondlife.com/support/downloads/.

Click on the gold "Join Now" button at the top of the Second Life page to create an account and click the "Download the SL Viewer" button to install the Second Life Viewer on your computer.

Also, a functioning microphone is MANDATORY to attend, in order to participate in the role-play sessions. Headphones are also HIGHLY recommended to provide the optimal experience.

Click here for more information about Second Life and the event.


This intensive two-day module provides training in the assessment, management and cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain. The module lays the foundation for working with military connected individuals suffering from chronic pain by reviewing the rates and mechanisms of chronic pain in civilian and military populations, including the role of military culture. Furthermore, theories of chronic pain will be introduced with a focus on biological, psychological and social factors impacting chronic pain. Participants will develop case conceptualization skills grounded by the clinical interview and empirically based assessment tools. Participants will learn and have the opportunity to practice key intervention strategies. In addition to learning CBT skills/techniques for working with chronic pain patients, participants will explore the role of motivational interviewing practices in CBT for chronic pain.

The workshop also discusses common challenges to psychological service for pain management and ways to overcome those barriers. The module is designed for behavioral health providers working with Service members, Veterans and their families who are seeking in-depth training in empirically supported treatment options they can immediately incorporate into their clinical practice. Participants are expected to actively engage in class activities and attend both days.

Registration for the course is $45 and comes with 14 CEs. (Please note the refund policy at the bottom of the page.) 

Learning Objectives: 
Attendees will be able to:

  • Specify prevalence rates of chronic pain in military and civilian populations.
  • Formulate treatment considerations specific to a military population when utilizing CBT-CP.
  • Integrate common co-morbid mental health conditions into treatment planning for military-connected patients.
  • Evaluate the contribution of opioid medication to a patient’s experience of chronic pain.
  • Apply the biopsychosocial model to the process of clinical case conceptualization.
  • Perform differential diagnosis using DSM-5 diagnoses relevant to the chronic pain population.
  • Demonstrate a psychological chronic pain-focused clinical interview including biological, physical, and social domains.
  • Score and interpret relevant, subjective assessment measures for pain.
  • Develop treatment goals for pain management using the SMART model.
  • Apply targeted relaxation practice as pain coping strategy.
  • Develop behavioral interventions to target under- and/or over-activity patterns that exacerbate chronic pain.
  • Modify pleasurable activities given realistic pain limitations to increase behavioral activation.
  • Apply cognitive strategies to modify unhelpful pain-related cognitions.
  • Design a plan to address common challenges in implementing CBT-CP with patients.

Attendance Requirements:
Participants will be required to have a Second Life account and install the Second Life viewer on their computer. Those who do not have a Second Life account can sign up and download the viewer here: http://secondlife.com/support/downloads/Click the gold "Join Now" at the top of the page to create an account and click the "Download the SL Viewer" button to get the Second Life viewer.

If you are unfamiliar with Second Life, we HIGHLY recommend watching these brief orientation videos we have created to introduce Second Life to new participants.

Participants are also required to attend one of the pre-event "open houses" held online in Second Life. This is to ensure that participants can successfully log into Second Life, enter the training space, hear the presenter and speak with them via their computer's microphone. Participants will not need to attend for the entire "open house," just a portion of the two-hour window. Participants must attend this "open house" session from the computer and Internet connection they intend to use for the training. 

Not attending an "open house" session will result in disenrollment from the course. The dates and times for the "open house" sessions will be announced in advance of registration beginning. 

If you participate in the Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) program and want to register for this online EBP workshop, please note that it will not qualify as an SBHP Tier 3. While you are welcome to attend the training, your participation will not be tracked by SBHP, nor listed on the SBHP registry.

Continuing Education Details:
This activity is approved for 14 continuing education credits (CEs).
The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The CEs provided by the American Psychological Association are acceptable for most licensed professionals when renewing their license and it is our experience that APA CE credits have been recognized by most professional state license boards. However, please check with your board regarding the acceptability of APA CE credits for this activity. 

Participants will be eligible to receive CEs upon successfully completing a post-training survey at the conclusion of the training. CEs for partial participation will not be awarded. 

For questions or technical issues, please contact Mr. Aric Bowie (aric.bowie.ctr@usuhs.edu), Mr. Phil Thompkins (phillip.thompkins.ctr@usuhs.edu), or Mr Chris Adams (christopher.adams.ctr@usuhs.edu). 


Last Day for Full Refund:
2021-05-05 (All day)
Last Day for Partial Refund:
2021-05-12 17:00
Full refund:
Partial refund:
Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain in Military Personnel Training via Second Life, 19-20 May 2021 - Registration Not Yet Open | Center for Deployment Psychology


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